Words of Comfort

2 Chronicles 32:6-8
And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying, Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Hezekiah had absolute faith in God at this time.  An army may have been coming.  An enemy was approaching.  A battle was imminent.  But Hezekiah knew the nature of the God he served, and he knew what God could do.  As the king and the leader, people were looking to him for answers and guidance.  And he doesn’t give them some big speech about how strong they are and how they can overcome.  It wasn’t something empty and meaningless, but he gives the people words of comfort.

What were those words of comfort?  Simply the truth of God.  The truth was that God was with them.  The truth was that God is powerful and more than able to overcome their enemy.  The truth was that God was on their side and He was going to help in this seemingly hopeless situation.  And the people rested upon those words—like a chair or a bed, something they could put all their weight on, something that could uphold them and carry them, something that could give them peace and encouragement and comfort.

And we can rest upon those words, too, and find comfort in them.  We can stand on those promises of God for whatever situation we may find ourselves in.  We can rest in that truth that God is with us, and He is big and strong, and He cares about what we’re going through, and He will not let us be defeated.  So we don’t have to be afraid and discouraged.  We don’t have to lose hope.  We just have to trust our God absolutely.

The Assyrian army was big and strong and fearsome, but it was still only an army of flesh, led by a human king who was prone to the same weaknesses and shortcomings that we all are.  God can handle that, and He can handle the biggest problems that we face in our lives, too.  Let us truly take comfort in those words that inspired a nation hundreds of years ago.  And may we trust our God who is more than enough for every battle we will face as we rest upon those words of comfort He gives to us in His Word.

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